- Opening segment: This will include opening remarks by UN Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres and remarks by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Mr. Martin Griffiths.
- High-level panel: a distinguished panel will focus on CERF's role in meeting the urgent life-saving needs of people in crises.
- Statements and announcements: Member States and partners to announce support and pledges to CERF for 2024 and potential additional top-ups for 2023. Interventions should be limited to two minutes each.
- Closing segment: Closing remarks by Mr. Martin Griffiths, USG/ERC, OCHA.
CERF is a dependable and predictable funding mechanism for the most urgent and critical humanitarian action. It is often the first funding source in new and rapidly escalating emergencies, and one of the few funding sources in underfunded emergencies. Strong, reliable and inclusive donor support is essential for CERF to remain fit for purpose and be able to adapt continuously.
In the context of an unprecedented growth of humanitarian needs, a fully-resourced CERF at US$1 billion, as endorsed by the General Assembly in 2016, is essential to ensure efficient, coordinated assistance reaches the people most in need.